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International Volunteering Opportunities for All
Start date: Feb 1, 2015, End date: Jul 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project aims to develop the European and international dimension of volunteering policies. It plans to test an alternative management process of international volunteering schemes that would ensure a better inclusiveness towards young people with fewer opportunities.This refers to a common analysis among various national agencies operating the international component of national voluntary services in European countries: young participants sent as volunteers outside their country usually have a specific profile, that doesn't match with priority targets set by such schemes. Young people with fewer opportunities rarely access the positions of international volunteers that are rather taken by participants with a higher education level.The project will be led by a consortium of Ministries, mainly responsible for youth, national agencies for civil services and volunteer schemes, local authorities, as well as youth NGO's, and volunteering organizations from seven member states of the EU (CZ, DE, FR, IT, LT, LU. UK).Objectives ;To compare ways to develop internationalization of national schemes ofyoung people's voluntary service, identifying measures ensuring equal access to all young people;To enable peer learning between the stakeholders in the field of international volunteering;To improve national and European environments for volunteering thanks to a cross-border sharing of knowledge and experience;To share the results and recommendations with other member states.Experimental measures and systemic impact envisaged :This project will experiment an alternative management process of international volunteering schemes that would ensure a better inclusiveness, especially for young people with fewer opportunities and test specific measures to tackle and remove those.The envisaged experimental measures may relate to the type of mission/activity that are offered by the organizations, the application and selection processes that are implemented, the management of the partnership between sending and hosting organizations, the support to young volunteers that have fewer opportunities anticipating the impact of mobility on them. etc.A new protocol based on those measures will be designed and implemented by the partner organizations. 600 young volunteers will be targeted, half of them will benefit from the new measures whereas the other half will not. in order to compare the effectiveness and the impact of the measure. The analysis will be based on the understanding of inner dynamics created by the systems of current volunteer schemes. The impact of the tested measures on those dynamics will be assessed. The evaluation methodology will be conducted by Ernst & Young following a protocol defined by the partnersThe project will lead to :a mapping exercise on volunteering legislation in the seven countries will be conducted that can be a source of knowledge to a broader range or EU countries;the production of guidelines for policy makers and implementing bodies in the field of youth for use in all the Member States;Recommendations for common protocols and national and/or local policies, to tackle all young people, including young NEET's and young people with fewer opportunities.The consortium will share the results of the cooperation to other member states and the European institutions through a final European Conference and publications, including online material
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